Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a specialized, mindfulness-based form of cognitive-behavioral therapy designed to help adults, children, adolescents, and families more effectively regulate their emotions and behaviors. DBT has an overarching goal of enhancing quality of life, and has demonstrated success in the following areas:

Impulsive behaviors
Emotional ups and downs
Eating disorders
Suicidal thinking
Relationship or family conflict
Borderline personality features
PTSD, in combination with high risk behaviors

Each member of the CCBH DBT treatment team is "Intensively Trained," meaning we have undergone the highest level of training offered by Behavioral Tech, LLC: DBT-founder Marsha Linehan's training and research institute. After a thorough assessment to determine whether DBT is the recommended course of treatment, our team works closely with each client or family to create and implement an individualized treatment plan.

In keeping with the research, our DBT Program offers the following four modes of treatment:

1. Weekly individual therapy (45 minutes, 1-2 times per week): the client and therapist use a Diary Card to guide sessions and track progress toward collaboratively determined goals, and to help clients bring mindfulness to thoughts, emotions, urges, and behaviors on a daily basis.

2. Group DBT Skills Classes (90 minutes, once per week): known as the "backbone" of the DBT model, these skills classes are dynamic learning environments facilitated by two licensed DBT therapists. Groups for adolescents ages 13-20 are "multi-family" groups, meaning one or both caregivers participate weekly and learn skills alongside their teens.

3. Phone coaching: clients and parents have access to the individual DBT therapist between sessions for in-the-moment skills coaching; this improves skills generalization, shortens the overall duration of treatment, and increases its efficacy.

4. Our team meets for a weekly DBT Consultation Team (clients do not participate in this mode of treatment), ensuring the program remains adherent to the DBT model and that each of our therapists provides compassionate, client-centered care.

While engaged in the DBT Program, participants may also be asked to participate in the following modes of treatment: family therapy, parent guidance, and/or medication evaluation or management.